New Experiment Alert: The Matrix of Principles

Hello, Thought Leaders and Team Builders!

Are you looking to deepen your team’s understanding of effective management and identify areas for improvement? I’m excited to share our next experiment from the book, “I am a Software Engineer and I am in Charge.”

🎯 Introducing: The Matrix of Principles

πŸ€” What Is It? This is a reflective tool designed to explore Deming’s 14 Management Principles and how they resonate within your team and organization.

🌟 Why Use It? It’s a powerful way to align on management beliefs, assess the current state of their application in your organization, and spark conversations on how to evolve.

πŸ‘£ How It Works

1️⃣ Draw a 2×2 matrix on paper or a whiteboard.

2️⃣ The horizontal axis gauges agreement with a principle; the vertical, its application in your organization.

3️⃣ Place the principles on the matrix, using different colors for each team member.

4️⃣ Discuss outliers and collective insights to inspire actionable improvements.

πŸ“ Note: This tool isn’t limited to Deming’s principles. Try it with the Agile Manifesto principles or any others that are relevant to your team!

πŸ”„ Why It Matters Understanding and applying sound management principles is crucial for any team’s success. The Matrix of Principles helps make abstract concepts tangible and actionable.

πŸ“š Keen to explore more? This is just one of the many practices we delve into. Stay tuned for more insights and check out our book I am in Charge.

πŸ‘‡ How do you ensure your team’s principles are not just understood but lived? Share your strategies in the comments!


  • Alexis Monville

    Alexis Monville worked in multicultural and distributed environments for years, coming back from the US and now based in the southwest of France. When asked if he misses the work in the office, he usually answers that he spent half of his 30 years of management experience in diverse sectors outside of the office and a lot of that working from home. Alexis is Chief of Staff to the CTO at Red Hat, a long-time hybrid open-source software company with more than 100 office locations in 40 countries, where half of the 20,000 people work remotely. Alexis is a firm believer that change starts with the self. He is the author of two books: Changing Your Team From The Inside and I am a Software Engineer and I am in Charge. Alexis facilitates successful playful collaborations. He designs and builds sustainable and high-impact teams and organizations.

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